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A Ten Little Indians-style stab-a-thon starring a predominantly African-American cast seems like a refreshing idea, but writer/director/producer H.M. Coakley's Holla II is for the most part execrable, featuring one-liners like "Assholes come in all colors" and a tendency to abuse extreme close-ups, sometimes while the camera is glaringly out of focus. Wailing amateur actors are thrust into viewers' face so often that Holla II looks like it was shot in someone's dirty rear-view mirror. The plot is unintelligible: Six months after Holla's events, Monica (Kiely Williams) hosts her wedding party at a historic Southern plantation. Monica sheepishly rationalizes her irrational plan by saying she wants to "[turn] something so ugly into something so beautiful." Unfo »
Funny that I was just talking about how in awe I was of the fact that Vanessa Bell Calloway is 55 years old, which I found unbelievable! She looks a lot younger. Black don't crack I guess. The film screened at the Pan African Film Festival last month, and it looks like more of you will get to see it thanks to this pick-up by Rockstone Releasing. All the details via press release below followed by the poster: Rockstone Releasing in association with True Vision Media Group to Distribute H. M. Coakley’s Horror Comedy, Holla II starring Vanessa Bell Calloway & Kiely Williams Beverly Hills, CA, March 18, 2013 – Nascent specialty distributor Rockstone Releasing has acquired North »
- Tambay A. Obenson
With writer/director H.M. Coakley’s Holla II having premiered last week at L.A.’s Pan African Film Fest, we chatted with the filmmaker regarding release plans for his horror whodunit as well as with one of the film’s stars, Allison Kyler.
A sequel to the 2006 Lionsgate release Holla, Holla II (see our report from the set when it was still called Hollaback here) stars The House Bunny actress Kiely Williams, Vanessa Bell Callaway (Cheaper By the Dozen), Gregory Cipes (“True Blood”), Akeem Smith (“Teen Wolf’) and the previously mentioned Allison Kyler of Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 fame, among others, and centers around multiple murders committed at a sprawling plantation just outside of Miami, Florida.
Holla II is set to be released theatrically Stateside via Rockstone Releasing on April 19th, 2013, on 50-100 screens before rolling out to more two weeks later.
“Making Holla II was the most difficult experience of my life, »
- Sean Decker
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